CNS: Keeping cargo safe from Congress

NASHVILLE — Why are associations important in making cargo move? It’s a question best not asked to Congress, said one panelist, Brandon Fried, executive director, the Airforwarders Association, as he fondly recalled past encounters with Congressmen harnessing distorted views of a “dangerous” airfreight industry. In essence, a single Congressman riled up by the period’s pressing […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • April 11, 2016

Weighty issues looming on the high seas

The regulations for container ships, in most cases, have little to do with the business of air cargo. But the fate of at least one vessel, the MOL Comfort, one of the largest container ships ever lost at sea, could have implications on air cargo handlers, especially this summer, when new rules will kick in […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • March 4, 2016

Massive U.S. transportation bill will revive Ex-Im bank

A U.S. highway bill, which was passed last week by both the House and Senate and signed into law by President Obama, could be a boon for the air cargo industry in terms of ground-based infrastructure and aircraft financing. The “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act,” or FAST, will pump US$305 billion into repairing the United States’ […]
  • Staff Reports
  • December 3, 2015

Staring down the oncoming Amazon freight train

2015 is shaping up to be a roller-coaster year for freight forwarder and carrier volumes. An air cargo surge caused by the West Coast port labor slowdown led to congestion-related challenges at major gateways throughout the United States. A strong U.S. dollar has since depressed export volumes, leading to bargain-basement rates for forwarders from both […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • December 2, 2015

A local focus can reveal universal truths

The common phrase “all politics is local” describes the principle that political success is directly tied to politicians’ ability to understand and influence the issues of their local constituents. Politicians must appeal to seemingly mundane and simple concerns of those who elect them because personal issues, rather than big and intangible ideas, are what voters […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • November 9, 2015

Time to call the exterminator

I noticed the small hole in the wall while descending the steps to my basement in the spring of last year. I really didn’t think much of it until the intruder’s tiny head peaked out for a quick glimpse. The exterminator I called confirmed my worst fear, that the unwanted visitor was one of thousands […]
  • Randy Woods
  • July 2, 2015

AfA weighs in on TSA failures

Following a covert operation to see if Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint screeners were doing their job, the temporary head of the TSA has been removed. The screeners failed to detect mock explosives and weapons in 95 percent of tests carried out by undercover agents. The acting administrator for the TSA, Mel Carraway, has been […]
  • Staff Reports
  • June 3, 2015

Ground to a halt: The third-party handling problem

While it is possible for a box to be flown from London to Chicago in only about eight hours, it can take another nine hours for a forwarder to actu­ally get his or her hands on it at O’Hare Airport. O’Hare is in the crosshairs right now, due to some nasty traffic backups, with two […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • May 7, 2015

Hard lessons from the West Coast port crisis

Forwarders’ Forum (from the print edition): When McDonald’s restaurants in Japan could no longer wait for French fries delayed by the West Coast port labor slowdown, the company turned to air cargo, shipping 2,600 tonnes from the United States to Japan. With that, the popular food chain joined other companies affected by the port congestion, […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • April 16, 2015
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